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post #1 of 10 Old 08-29-2015, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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Which seat is the lowest?

Okay, so I didn't look very hard to find a similar topic because I need to get to 15 posts before I can post URL's and pictures.

So which aftermarket seat is the absolute lowest? I am 5'5" and I really don't want to put more than a 1" link on it. I have already ordered a Corbin Dual Low because I remember reading somewhere that they managed to shave 3" off from the stock seat height but I can't find where I read that. Is this true and also are there any shorter ones out there? All help is appreciated.
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-29-2015, 10:24 AM
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I'm not sure if any of the other seats are lower than the dual platform Corbins, but I'm thinking with that seat and the lowering link you should be pretty much fine. I have a 32 inch inseam and my bike came with the same corbin and lowering link and I was easily able to flat foot the bike. I think my knees were even bent a bit. Once I got used to the bike I raised it back up to stock and sold the seat and links .

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Cool, thank you. I am trying to work with a 30" inseam here and I know that I am going to have to really work to make it work in technical terrain but I don't plan on spending too much time in very technical stuff.
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Lowering vs comfort

I had one question, do you sacrifice comfort when lowering the seat? I am thinking about lowering my seat because i am one inch too short for this bike, but i do an 1.5 hr min commute everyday and i cannot sacrifice comfort.
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Not sure but i will let you know as soon as my seat comes in and I get some time on it. My bike is my primary conveyance so it won't take long for me to be able to let you know.
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Thanks! Also looking forward to some pictures of your seat!
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-31-2015, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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I will have some posted as soon as it comes in and I get it mounted. Also as soon as I can get my 15 posts!
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Hi. Interesting topic. I am 6 ft tall. Fit fine on stock KLR. But wanting to raise suspension a couple inches. I like how the Honda XR650L stands. Thing is I like and consider the KLR a better bike overall. But the suspension height is what I want for clearance from road hazards and deep holes. So my plan takes me to same issurs a shorter ridder would have because Ii will create same conditions. If I wre to raise suspension by 3 inches I must lower seat by 3 inches. That said, a lower seat must use special more resistant fill that would be able to perform with less volume. Any indight onto off roading and trips with lower seats ?
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Hi. Interesting topic. I am 6 ft tall. Fit fine on stock KLR. But wanting to raise suspension a couple inches. I like how the Honda XR650L stands. Thing is I like and consider the KLR a better bike overall. But the suspension height is what I want for clearance from road hazards and deep holes. So my plan takes me to same issurs a shorter ridder would have because Ii will create same conditions. If I wre to raise suspension by 3 inches I must lower seat by 3 inches. That said, a lower seat must use special more resistant fill that would be able to perform with less volume. Any indight onto off roading and trips with lower seats ?
Most people that raise the bike don't drop the seat height. I guess you could go for a lower saddle like the Corbin Dual Platform or Seat Concepts low seat, but if you have a fairly long inseam your going to find it quite cramped when sitting on the bike with your feet on the pegs because you are shortening the distance from the pegs to the lowest part of the saddle.

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I did not think about that fact, shortening distance between saddle and pegs.

I will only lower seat if needed. If raising suspension requires lowering seat ( if lift were significant,) to the point of becoming an issue ( feet, legs seat and pegs) then I will have to lower pegs. I saw a site that has lower pegs for tall guys. I am average at 6ft. But taller guys have those lowered pegs. By raising suspension, to the point of needing a lower seat ( want a taller bike to avoid off road rocks and deep hole dangers) ... lower seat and pegs would restore normal postion, yet low pegs would be at about stock height under a raised suspension. Good point.
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